Title

Clostridium Difficile--a Common and Costly Colitis.

Publication/Presentation Date

3-1-1991

Abstract

Clostridium difficile infection manifests as a self-limiting diarrhea, protracted colitis, or toxic pseudomembranous colitis. The incidence of C. difficile in a 514-bed community hospital was studied retrospectively; 155 patients of a total 18,262 admitted during 1988 were identified with C. difficile as an admitting or subsequent diagnosis. The method of diagnosis, mode of therapy, and related costs were analyzed. We have determined that education, with an emphasis on pathogenesis and prevention, is necessary to reduce the incidence in the hospital and the cost to the patient.

Volume

34

Issue

3

First Page

244

Last Page

248

ISSN

0012-3706

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences | Other Medical Specialties | Surgery

PubMedID

1999131

Department(s)

Department of Surgery, Department of Community Health and Health Studies

Document Type

Article